there is no way you can die happy without seeing a great white shark, then a cage dive at San Francisco's
Farallon Islands may not be the best choice for you. Your best bet may be a multi-day liveaboard adventure to Isla
Guadalupe, Mexico, where the current success rate is 100%. We cannot guarantee you'll see
a shark in San Francisco, where conditions are very different. That said, if you have a spirit
of adventure and are willing to take the gamble, you could win the white shark lottery and see one
or more of the biggest white sharks on the planet.
The lure of the Farallones is not a near-guaranteed shark sighting, but
the size of the white sharks that lurk within the protected waters of California's Greater
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the thrill of diving in such a wild
you've seen photos of Guadalupe sharks next to cage divers, you know they are huge, but you may not
realize that Guadalupe is known as a feeding ground for juvenile and sub-adult sharks. The
white sharks that travel to the Farallon Islands to feed on the local population of seals are
fully-grown adults. This means they are even more massive. Imagine sharks the size of cars.
Many also find the dive site's US location to be a plus. Our shark boat
departs from San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf early in the morning and returns in the evening. The Farallon Islands lie roughly 25 miles off
the coast and are legally part of the city of San Francisco. This means there is no requirement for
Americans to have a passport, leave the country, and spend days sleeping on a boat to have a chance
to see sharks. We also offer our trips on weekends, to make scheduling easier.
Getting to the Farallones can be an adventure in itself. You'll
travel aboard the Derek M Baylis, a custom-built powered sailing vessel, expressly designed for
offshore research and education. The Baylis is the same boat used by the Sanctuary's resident
white shark researchers.
There is no shortage of sharks
at the Farallones, the seasonal home of one of the world's most significant white shark populations,
but the water around the islands is typically very murky, requiring sharks to be closer to the cage
to be visible. Sharks have been known to surprise cage divers, who don't see them coming. We
are permitted by the Sanctuary to use decoys to lure sharks close, but we are not allowed to use
bait, like we do in other dive locations. As a result, most of our sightings at the Farallones are
of dramatic, natural feeding events. The sharks are at the islands to feed on the local seals,
so there can be multiple predations in a single day.
guarantee a shark sighting at the Farallones, but we can promise we'll do everything in our power to
make your dream of seeing a giant white shark come true. Members of our experienced shark crew
want to see sharks, too! The Farallones is also home to a vast variety of other wildlife, so a trip to
the Farallones can feel like an incredible ocean safari.
Dare to dive the
Farallones. You won't be sorry. Our first trip is Saturday October 1 and our 2016 season
continues through mid-November. Learn more and book online